When preparing for an MOT, you’re probably thinking about the results rather than what you can do prior to sending your car in for testing.
However, there are lots of little things you can do to get your car in good shape before your MOT. Here, we run down a few of the most important.
Topping up your windscreen washer levels is vital to making sure your car can pass its MOT. Not enough of this liquid in the tank and you’re looking at a fail. It’s both cheap and straightforward to keep levels maintained, so you shouldn’t find that you’ve run out just before your MOT. While you’re at it, you should check your wiper blades and replace any damaged ones.
If your car doesn’t have all its lights in good working order, it won’t pass its MOT. You can help to boost its chances by making sure all dead light bulbs are replaced. It’s inexpensive and will help keep you and other drivers safe on the roads.
You should keep your car clean inside and out. Removing all rubbish and dirt from the inside is as important as keeping it spotless outside. As well as keeping your field of view clear, it will eliminate any distractions in the car while driving. Mechanics can also refuse to test a car they think is too dirty, so keeping it clean will help your car on its way to passing its MOT.
If you’ve placed any decals or stickers on your windscreen, it will be worth removing them before your MOT. This is because anything that is seen to be blocking the driver’s vision will lead to a failed test. It’s quick and easy to remove these and is one little thing that can go a long way towards preparing your car for its MOT.
Damaged tyres are a certain fail so it’s advisable to inspect yours for any damage. While you’re doing that, you can also check your tread depth, since unsafe tread will lead to a failed test. Simply insert a 20p coin into your tyre’s grooves and if the outer band is not visible, your tyres should be safe.